District denizens won’t have to wait too much longer to fill the hummus bowl-sized holes in their hearts. A stand-alone location of Little Sesame, the habit-forming, fast-casual hummus shop from partners Nick Wiseman, Dave Wiseman, and Ronen Tenne, will open this spring at 1828 L St. NW.
Little Sesame got its start in the basement of the now closed DGS Delicatessen in Dupont Circle. Customers climbed down a set of stairs to the pint-sized basement eatery with no windows and tight seating. The first Little Sesame location designed by Edit Lab at Streetsense will look much different. Wiseman describes it as vibrant, airy, and bright.
The design firm’s Brian Miller accompanied the Little Sesame partners on their research trip to Israel, where they ate hummus several times a day. “We went around to the old markets in different cities seeing these amazing businesses and the community around hummus shops,” Miller told City Paper in December.
He then sought to capture the look and feel of some of his favorite eateries. “Obviously it’s not going to feel like old world Jaffa or something in there, but it has to evoke a number of things that we saw.”
The owners say not to expect a drastically different menu at this Little Sesame. There will be hummus bowls, pita sandwiches, salads, side dishes known as salatim, and sweets.
Tenne, who was born and raised in Israel, doesn’t skimp on the tahini when making Little Sesame’s hummus before combining it with seasonal vegetables, proteins like grass-fed kebabs, spice blends, sauces, pickles, and condiments.
Asked if the L Street NW location is the first of many Little Sesame restaurants to come, Wiseman only offers, “We’re excited to have one and get to cook again for D.C. People have been super excited about what we’ve been doing.”
When Little Sesame opens in a couple of months, its hours of operation will likely be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
Little Sesame, 1828 L St. NW; eatlittlesesame.com